Ecclesiastes - Apathy

I think Ecclesiastes is one of the most encouraging books of the Bible for someone plagued with apathy. I think it is meant to enlighten us to our subtle and totally futile attempt to infuse meaning or purpose into our lives, instead of just accepting the ample amounts of meaning AND purpose God supplies.

My theory about apathy revolves around Ecc 3:11b, which says "He[God] has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

There is clearly an innate conflict here! People cannot find meaning away from God because there is something eternal in us, It is at our core, we seek fulfillment, we don't already have it. We are infinite beings in a finite world, we need eternal fulfillment only God can provide.

Apathy comes form searching the finite for fulfillment, there's only pleasure. Pleasure can appear fulfilling and make us wonder why we are not fulfilled.

This is how the book ends:

Ecc 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecc 12:14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.


  1. I agree, if humans could really grasp "The fear of the Lord" think of the wisdom we could have, because thats where it begins!


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